Poems

"I'll make a woman"
A woman of substance,
A woman of pride,
A woman who is able to put petty
things aside.
A woman of integrity,
A woman of love,
A woman who is worthy of
treasures from above.
A woman who is genuine,
A leader in every way,
God Said.
"I'll make a woman"
I'll call her AKA

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In 1906, 7 young men from Cornell
Shared a vision that could never fail.
Their vision was made a reality
Creating for all others, an opportunity.
The first Black Greek collegiate organization was created.
A brotherhood never to be duplicated.
A selective union, allowing only a certain type of man.
An ALPHA man strong, intelligent and proud
That type of man who stands out in a crowd.
Emphasizing service and unity
A model which others would soon see.
They were the founding fathers who led the way
And then from Alpha came AKA.
Created by 16 precious pearls
1908 was the year of the pretty girls.
The first Black Greek sorority
Holding true values of unity,
Scholarship, and service to all mankind.
The model woman for all womankind.
With this the first family is now complete
Accept the truth and bow before our feet.
Don't deny your history, for it is the truth
You should never deny me, you MUST respect your roots.
I am your mother.
I am your father.
I am
Alpha Phi Alpha Kappa Alpha

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Conceited we're called
Because we stand tall
Uppity we're deemed
Due to our self-esteem
Our noses are always in the air
For looking downward we don't dare
And continue with pride
Realizing that if you're a lady
You're automatically downgraded
Sophistication and Class is a plus
Although others don't view it as much
Their thoughts are so remote
But when we were founded
Women couldn't vote
Civil rights were a luxury
In the early 20th Century
AKA was very political
Although they laugh and act very cynical
So remember the next time they jeer,
You were the FIRST to be here
Deleting all that was not good
And replacing it with SISTERHOOD
Setting a trend for all the rest
Proving that they could be the very best.
As ladies we must learn
Nothing is given, all is earned
With this in mind
You'll ultimately find
That it's a flair
It's a mood
We call it AKATUDE

-- Soror Michelle Robinson, Bradley University

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ORIGINAL

Original, by definition, means pertaining to the Source.
Well when you speak of the Original Woman
You are speaking of me, of course.
See I am the AKA, the First and Finest for All to Behold
I change Black Women to Black Pearls, I am 100 years old
By merit and by culture is the motivation behind my
Strides.
An Alpha Kappa Alpha woman will always "Walk with
Pride"
You see, being the Original Woman is not my only claim to
Fame.
Service to all Mankind is our most esteemed aim
I am the Original, giving consistently of myself
Addressing pertinent issues, from AKAdemics to good
Health.
Who made a commitment to do good.
A commitment to my people
And my Sisterhood
I am the hope and the dream of the impoverished and unclean.
When I grace the room you know the Pink and Green is on
the scene.
I am intelligent, beautiful, finest yet sophisticated.
A strong black woman, college trained and widely
Educated.
One time originated, three times imitated,
but never, ever duplicated,
I represent Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated!

Author Unknown

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AKA...and ??

In 1908, Soror Lyle wanted to make things better
So she created an organization
Where black women could come together
Shoot, I don't know about you,
But I think that was pretty clever.

It started in Miner Hall
When the ivy was on the wall
These women's talents were tall
And our Beloved Splendid Sixteen
Took on the challenge... held it to high esteem.

The four incorporators
Were the real innovators
Made sure the dream could continue
After that, there could only be imitators.

That AKA dream
Had us standing tall
It's been over 90 years
With all the work we've done, is that all??

We have many more miles to go.
More dreams to create.
More services to do
More goals to make

Sorors!!! We're gonna be 100 in 2008 !!!
So keep the tradition alive RE-ACTIVATE!!!

We, ladies of AKA have style, elegance
And so much flair.
We do our work with grace, class
And lots of care.

We don't settle for less
We go for the top... the very best.
We surpass all the rest.
If you don't know, put US to the test!!!

So if anyone asks you
Girl, why do you look so grand?
Why do you walk so tall?
Why are YOU in high demand?

You just say ...
I'm an AKA... and??

--Soror Crystal J. Leotaud, Pi Phi Omega

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History of Alpha Kappa Alpha

Alpha Kappa Alpha women all over the world
proudly wearing their precious 20 pearls.

AKA, they founded January 15, 1908
at Howard University on that historic date.

Women called together by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle
chose pink and green their colors, a lot of class, a lot of style.

Women providing service to an outstanding ideal
through friendship, sisterhood and love so real.

Women blessed by God above, in friendship and love
in a sorority as precious and peaceful as the white dove.

Women, by culture and by merit too, who strive to do their best
through high standards, moral character, a lot of zeal
Women with strength and endurance like the Green Ivy Leaf
promote the goals of service and sisterhood in our great sorority.

Women like the rose unfolding in shadows of pink and green
demonstrate fine characteristics of womanhood serene.

Women in the Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Germany, Korea, Bermuda, England, and the USA
are working together in service and sisterhood the Alpha Kappa Alpha Way.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Women all over the world
proudly wearing their precious 20 pearls.

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From afar onlookers Glare
And some cannot help but stare,
To her regal beauty no others can compare.

Who is this classy lady?
Who could she be, they say?
None other than the epitome of Grace & Elegance
The Essence of AKA.

This Lady of Distinction is both Bold & Smooth.
Even her Ice Cold Brothers give her props,
In spite of her AKAtude

When she steps into the place, her entrance is Grand
Making even naysayers and playahaters stand
As her insouciant style illuminates the room
An Ivy in all her splendor, Hailing in full bloom.

You see, not many are privy
To the power of the Pink Prowess
In fact, most have opted to settle for less.

Who is this classy lady?
Who could she be, they say?
I say it's none other than that
Educated
Sophisticated
Liberated Soror of mine
The Phenemomenal AKA.

***Skeeee Weeeeee***
--Soror Tawanna L. Collins, Rho Zeta Omega

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INSPIRATION

YOU LOOK AT ME AND SMILE
BUT DO YOU KNOW WHY?
YOU STARE AT ME IN WONDER
BECAUSE YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND- HOW???

I'VE SCRATCHED AND I'VE BLED
BUT STILL MANAGED TO MATCH
YOUR SKILL, INTELLECT, GRACE-
HAVE SURPASSED YOU AS A MATTER OF FACT!

YOU HAVE NOTHING ON ME
BECAUSE I HAVE COME TOO FAR
NOT COUNTING GOD'S BLESSINGS
BY THE NUMBER OF RINGS OR FANCY CARS

BUT MINE IS A DIGNITY
THAT RINGS FAR MORE CLEARLY AND TRUE
ONE THAT OTHERS ATTEMPT TO EMULATE
BUT CAN NEVER SEEM TO DO

I'VE BEEN CALLED BY MANY NAMES
ALL MEANT TO HURT AND DEMEAN
YOU MAY SAY WHAT YOU'D LIKE
BUT ON THIS EARTH - I AM THE ORIGINAL QUEEN

NOW, DON'T GET ME WRONG
I'M NOT THE ARROGANT SORT
BUT YOU WANTED TO PLAY GAMES, I'LL LAND ON MY FEET
NOW THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT

BUT DON'T THINK IT WILL BE EASY
THIS ANNIHILATION YOU PLAN TO ENSUE
I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE...'08...
NOW, WHAT ABOUT YOUUUU???

--Soror Gajarah Baseemah Ballard

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WHO AM I?

I am Alpha Kappa Alpha
I was born in 1908 in Washington, D.C.
I was incorporated January 29, 1913.
I was nine young founders of old,
University women-courageous and bold.
Ethel Hedgemen Lyle - Young and gay,
Was the moving spirit to lead my way.
My history reveals that this founding few
Were determined that my experience would be meaningful, too

I am Alpha Kappa Alpha - A Sisterhood
With love and concern for each neighborhood.
I am open to women of high ideals.
Who serve mankind in all fields.

I am Alpha Kappa Alpha - A Greek letter organization,
The first for college women in our nation.
Concerned with my "image", I strive for the best,
I lead the way and challenge all the rest.

I am Alpha Kappa Alpha - Great things have I done,
My program projects have startled some;
Things that few would have dared to do,
I ventured out and succeeded, too.

"Supreme in Service" is my main goal.
Sisterliness in another one, I am told.
My motto "By Culture and By Merit" I've learned
Apple green and salmon pink - my colors I yearn.
My symbol "The Ivy" means strength and endurance.
These symbols we dedicate with true assurance.

I am Alpha Kappa Alpha - Continuing to strive
With committed women - my projects still thrive
I will always keep my torch burning bright,
Leading the way with my guiding light.

--Soror Ruth C. Solomon, Gamma Rho Omega Chapter<

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman

A woman of beauty,
a woman of grace,
an educated woman who exemplifies her race.

She is cultured and diverse,
always doing the best she can.
She is spiritual and blessed,
committed to lending a helping hand.

She's full and complete,
mind, body, and soul.
Her Alpha Kappa Alpha sisterhood
has made her
whole.

--Spring '02 Sorors, University of Richmond

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A lady of distinction that stands among the mass
A woman of high moral, beauty, intelligence, and class
The highest scholarly status is what she aims to achieve
She holds her head above oppression through the spiritual life she leads

--Spring '04 Sorors, University of Richmond